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Published: 30 Oct 2012

TIRED OF WAITING for EMC or another tier-one vendor to deliver root-cause analysis software for its SAN, Countrywide Financial Corp. purchased and deployed Onaro's SANscreen to manage its 5,000-port Brocade fabric. With almost two petabytes of capacity, the vast majority of it on EMC devices, "we were looking to them to provide this functionality," says Michael Crocker, VP of enterprise storage-area management at the real-estate mortgage lender. Unfortunately, "they just aren't there yet," he says. EMC has kept Countrywide apprised of its work on porting SMARTS, a network fault-correlation package that it bought last year, but Crocker says he expects it will take some time for it to work well with Fibre Channel (FC). Last month, EMC announced that SMARTS could discover its NAS devices and hinted at an FC release this summer. Specifically, Countrywide brought in Onaro to report on and monitor the availability of its paths from the host, through the fabric and down to the storage. "It does that quite well," says Crocker. Upon implementation, SANscreen ... Access >>>

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